Arrington writes that his source for the story later came up to him
in person and said Google showed the source Arrington's email
correspondence. Since the source used a non-Google email account to send
the information, Arrington concluded that Google found the message by
accessing his account without permission. Google later fired the source,
according to Arrington.
The story comes after the revelation Thursday that Microsoft accessed a blogger's private Hotmail account after a former Microsoft employee leaked proprietary information about
Windows 8. Microsoft defended its actions by saying it has the right to
search its own servers without a court order if it has a strong
suspicion of intellectual property theft.
Many email services like Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo Mail have clauses
in their terms of service that say the companies can access your account
without permission if they suspect intellectual property theft.
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